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iPadOS 17.5 code leaks major iPad Pro feature and Apple Pencil 3 improvements

Published Apr 10th, 2024 10:22AM EDT
Apple iPad Pro Display
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After iPadOS 17.4 confirmed a few changes for Apple Pencil 3, an iPadOS 17.5 leak revealed a major iPad Pro feature, in addition to other functions coming to this accessory.

According to 9to5Mac‘s Filipe Espósito, iPadOS 17.5 beta has more references about unreleased iPads. The journalist has found new display firmware for four new iPad models, including:

  • iPad16,3
  • iPad16,4
  • iPad16,5
  • iPad16,6

Based on Espósito’s analysis, these identifiers not only reveal that these are next-gen iPad Pro, but they will also be available in two different sizes with Wi-Fi and Cellular options. They will feature OLED displays, and these screens will have different suppliers.

Even though you might find this information old news, this is the first time we get confirmation from Apple, as it comes from its iPadOS code. With that, the journalist could confirm all the leaks about the iPad Pro OLED display, different sizes, and connectivity options.

Most recently, DSCC display analyst Ross Young said Samsung was having issues with 11-inch OLED production and LG, which exclusively produces the 12.9-inch display, would have to help. With that, Apple delayed the introduction of the new iPad Pro. According to recent reports, Apple will unveil this tablet in early May.

Apple Pencil 3 Hover ProcreateImage source: Apple

Espósito also discovered a few more details about Apple Pencil 3. Besides the upcoming Find My feature and the “squeeze” gesture, he found references for “LongSqueeze” and “DoubleSqueeze.” These gestures are exclusive to an unreleased Apple Pencil model, but it’s unclear what new features will be unlocked. We suspect that this could mean changing brushes, apps, or else.

Wrap up

This is expected to be the most significant update for iPad Pro, with the OLED display, M3 processor, new design, camera improvements, and brand-new accessories, including a MacBook-like Magic Keyboard and this new Apple Pencil 3.

Despite an expected price increase, Apple will also unveil a new generation of iPad Air, likely coming in two sizes for the first time.

For the latest rumors about the OLED iPad Pro, read our guide below.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.